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The Bible, Forgiveness, and the Death Penalty

April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bill Pelke
The Diocese of Southern Ohio’s Taskforce on the Death Penalty hosts Bill Pelke, founder of the Journey of Hope …From Violence to Healing, on Sunday, April 7 at 4 p.m. at Trinity, Columbus. Bill will speak on his personal experiences as a murder victim family member and how that intersects with his experience and understanding of the Bible, Forgiveness and the death penalty.
Plus, Abe Bonowitz of Death Penalty Action will give an update on the status of the death penalty in Ohio & the U.S.
A brief presentation by Cherie Patrick Bridges of the diocese’s Becoming Beloved Community taskforce will introduce the program and explain the intersection of Beloved Community and criminal justice reform. A reception with light refreshments provided by Trinity Episcopal Church will follow. Attendance is free and all are welcome. A freewill offering may be taken to help cover costs. For all inquiries, contact Jake Cunliffe at jajcunliffe@gmail.com.Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing is an organization led by murder victim family members. Speakers share their stories about the process of healing through reconciliation. They call for alternatives to the death penalty and an end to the cycle of violence that capital punishment perpetuates in our society. Every year Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing travels to spread the message of nonviolence and forgiveness, promoting restorative justice, a new vision for the criminal justice system. It stresses the need for offender accountability and the opportunity for the offender to make things right with the victim as much as possible. Restorative justice processes allow for greater healing in the lives of victims and offenders, and peace in communities, after crimes are committed.

Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing not only advocates for the abolition of the death penalty but offers a broad, universal message that addresses all forms of violence worldwide. The goal is to federate and unite with international organizations and activists to raise awareness on a larger scale, to develop the appropriate tools to educate and to support those who walk the same path.


April 7
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Jake Cunliffe


Trinity Capitol Square
125 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43215-3605 US
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